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We go way, way, way, way back. Greg Herbert. Greg, welcome to the Q&A show. Thank you, Nafir. How are you doing? I am wonderful. Great to have you with us today. Now, you are from the Phoenix, Arizona area, but currently up in the great state of Ohio, right? Yeah, doing the snowbird thing this year.
Doing the snowbird thing. You're aging yourself, Greg, just so you know. Actually, you're a much younger man than I am, but, Greg, we met 25 or so years ago at a, originally at a conference, right, called AIM, Athletes International Ministries, yeah?
Correct. Yes, we did. Pastor Larry Karachuk. We've had Larry on the Man Up show. In fact, we did three shows with him.
He had so many stories about all the star-studded athletes that attended the AIM conference and, of course, many people outside of athletics, like yourself, successful business entrepreneurs. And so, what is it you're doing in Ohio presently that would take you from the, what do they call Arizona? It's the Grand Canyon State or something like that? Mm-hmm, yep, Grand Canyon State.
And, of course, the reason being, the Grand Canyon is there. Hello, right? Like, duh. So, you were born and raised, though, I think, in Ohio, right? And you got family back there? You're back there kind of taking care of some family? Yeah, a lot of friends and family back here. Originally, we came back in February. My stepfather and him and my mother had been together for close to 40 years.
Okay. We were told that he had two weeks to live, so we came back to help and get everything figured out and finalized and bring my mom out to Arizona, and he's still hanging in there. Months and months and months later, he's still, which, hey, note to self, if you're listening out there, doctors can give you their report, but at the end of the day, God has the final say.
He has all your days numbered, the hairs on your head counted, and so he has the final say as to when you may breathe your last breath, right? That's my takeaway from that story. So, months and months and months later, beyond the two-week diagnosis, you guys are still there as caregivers and taking care of them. And, of course, your lovely bride is? Vivian, yeah. Vivian, who refused to be on the show, by the way. I'll throw her under the bus here. Thanks, Vivian.
I love you, too. It would have been great to have her. I ought to ask a question or two of the Russian nightmare, but, hey. It would, but, yeah, you get a camera and a microphone and she's heading for the hill. I know, but there's no camera involved in this.
It's just a microphone. And, you know, we have shared many laughs together and, of course, I've stayed at your home in Arizona many, many, many times. My family has, my children have, Kendra, Colby, of course, Taryn, Tawny, and they're all off married now and got kids of their own, most of them, and all of that. But some great memories we've had, Greg, over the years, of course, at those conferences, those AIM conferences.
And you're a business guy, though, you know. I do want to encourage people, go, make sure you listen to the interview with Greg on the Man Up show. And former Green Beret, I mean, you want to talk about the elite. Let's talk about the Green Beret. Let's talk about Greg Herbert, his time in the military. You told a great story there. We're not going to give it away here about the four-star general that you got to have lunch with, personal lunch with. You'll have to go listen to that show to find out which four-star general Greg got to have lunch with. And thank you, again, thank you for serving in our military, Greg.
My pleasure. And, of course, you've had some very successful businesses over the years. An equipment company that you helped develop a piece of equipment called Power Plus Two, right? Just take a minute, take a minute, we're going to have to do a whole show on this, but take a minute and tell us about Power Plus Two. Yeah, there's so much to say, but I would say that the Lord gave a good friend of mine, actually a mutual friend of Nikita and I, an idea for an apparatus in the drawing, the name, and told him that this would build the most powerful teamwork the world has ever seen. And me being a teamwork guy, you know, from military where teamwork is life or death, to coaching sports, mentoring children. If anybody ever came to me and said there was a way to create instant teamwork, I'd have laughed in their face because to me that was an impossibility.
I had written about it, I had all the steps written out, you know, of how to do it step by step. And when we actually got to the point of passing and building this apparatus and testing it, one of the most amazing things of all that describes instant teamwork is the professor, actually a neuroscientist, director of a high-performance brain laboratory, said this is the closest thing she'd ever seen to mimicking the bonding effect of two people saving each other's life. That's instant teamwork.
And so we use this apparatus for every type of tool, for companies, for police and fire, and every school in our pilot program, even the worst ones that coach would call the bad news bears, our team there was three and three mid-season. On day one, the team chemistry can change by teamwork, breaking through the barriers of these kids, and they come out a new team. And all became state champions, and many undefeated. I won 53 games straight.
Like Michael Jordan said, talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships. I've seen that over and over and over again now. It's the best quote I can think of for what I've been seeing. That's a great quote, which you remind me of going back to my high school days. Some know this story, Greg, and you may or may not know this story. So these wrestlers, Ravasheen Rickrude, Mr.
Perfect Kurt Henning, Demolition Smash, AKA Crusher Khrushchev, AKA Barry D'Arso, John Nord, AKA Nord the Barbarian, Nord the Berserker, and the Russian nightmare, Nikita Kolov, were all on the same high school football team. Wow. I did not know that. You may have mentioned that, but I don't think so. You didn't remember it yet. Five of us.
Here's to your point, though. We had some incredible talent and athletes, and we won games, but we never won a championship because we didn't have the coaching and or the teamwork, which is what you're referring to. We had great athletes. Obviously, as you can tell, all those guys went on to have stellar careers in professional wrestling. And these two were not on the football team, but they were in Robbinsdale High School, and that is the Z-man Tom Zink, so number six.
And number seven, Brady Boone, who is the lesser known, but still had some time in WWF and time in NWA, Brady Boone. So seven of us from the same high school at the same time in high school. Right? All buddies. But anyway, Greg, where could people get, is there a website or something for Power Plus, too? There is.
Had I had enough time, I would have made sure to get it back, trying to wrap it up and put it on. But since we launched officially in January of 2020, we had events lined up because it also became a sport. Something happened in 2020, but moving on. We launched in January, February, we stepped down, and now we're just getting ready for when the world opens up again.
And the disunity that has been caused throughout the world, and we have the answers for it, so we're very excited about that. The website is PowerPlus2.com. It's not live at the moment.
We're redoing it, and it'll be rebuilt in probably five to seven or ten days. Okay. And is that the number two or spelled out two or Power Plus? Power Plus. Power Plus the number two.
PowerPlus2.com. And let me just say this. Seriously, we're going to do a whole show on that because I know the impact you've made in some of the different categories you just talked about, from fire to law enforcement to schools and colleges and just anybody and everybody in between. But I personally witnessed firsthand.
I was at an event that you sent me to or that you had invited me to and got to see this machine work firsthand. And so if you're out there, if you're a coach, let me just ask this real quick, and we're going to transition to your questions for me. So who all would be interested in the Power Plus 2? Obviously coaches, football, all sports, coaches from all sports. Who else besides coaches would be interested in this? Really, I mean, there's corporate team building.
This would be the ultimate breakdown barriers. I think you might have seen it first at a conference where we had hundreds of athletes just line up in a single file and jump on two by two. Most of them didn't even know each other. Almost everybody that came off there said something along the line of, I didn't even know her.
I didn't even know him a minute ago. Now I feel like a lifelong friend that quick. And it doesn't matter if the teammates even hate each other, the coworkers hate each other. After this, we've seen it break through so many barriers, thousands of testimonies of people that couldn't even talk to each other. They hadn't talked in two years of high school and they're playing on the same football team. We call the coaches throw them on their first and they graduate as friends. From that moment on, I mean, the barrier is broken.
It's crazy. Okay, so even business, even business. Business, police, fire, churches, church staffs. They can use some unity, Greg. And exactly the church body. And then they can reach out to the community and bring them in and they can become a community unity center.
Okay. All the sports teams around the police and fire departments, families, marriages, father, son. We did a father son event in Louisiana. A mayor, the mayor asked us to do that. We need the power plus today for the city by written proclamation. We need the hearts of the fathers and the father.
We're turning the hearts of the father to the son, sons to the father. All right, well, all right, we're going to move on. We're going to do a whole show on that sometime for real.
So power plus two, the number two, powerplustwo.com. Go check it out. So let's transition here, flip the table here and give Greg Herbert the opportunity to ask Nikita Koloff a question or two.
So fire away. What's your first question for me? Yeah, well, my question about wrestling comes from my nephew, Joey, who, you know, and you got to have breakfast with me a few years back right here in Ohio. He would like to know what you would think is the biggest missed opportunity for a storyline in the WWE for a character or whatnot.
The biggest missed opportunity. I don't know that I've ever been asked that before. That really is a great question. It's going to have a tug on me here. Let's see. Well, how about if I answered this way, because a lot of times I'm being interviewed, you know, on other people's podcasts.
I just did one last night and I've been on hundreds of it seems like at this point of other people's podcasts and of course, Q&A sessions at autograph signings, et cetera. And they're like, who you know, who do you wish you you know, you would have could have wrestled, would have wrestled. And so I'm going to say this, that, you know, back in the day, it was really building the magazines. They were really touting the Russian nightmare, Nikita Golov, against the none other than the legendary Hulk Hogan.
Right. And it all said what what, you know, we would have drew, you know, millions at WrestleMania, you know, had we been, you know, been the main event. And so, you know, certainly you might say that may have been a missed opportunity looking back. Now, I have no regrets and not going to the WWF as they were at the time, now WWE. But but, you know, if I entertain that idea, what would it have been like to work with the Hulkster? There's no doubt in my mind that we would have drew money, as we say in that business, that we would have probably drew some pretty big revenue for for for sure for Vince McMahon and maybe even a good payday for ourselves.
You know, you have to negotiate that. But so so certainly Hogan and and and and then there's a few others that would have entertained the idea of I got the opportunity to wrestle Shawn Michaels. Right. HBK, of course, The Rock, you know, Dwayne Johnson, who was just starting, by the way, back in in in my day, he was just in his early days. And and so, you know, Triple H. So there's a handful of guys there. I think it would have been fun to get in the ring with and have some matches with.
So I would answer the question that way, that those may have been for some missed opportunities, perhaps on my part. But all that to say, no, no regrets for staying loyal to the NWA either. So you're listening to the Truth Network and Truth Network dot com. Nikita Koloff here and I am excited. Did you hear the huge announcement, the big announcement?
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You're listening to the Truth Network and Truth Network dot com. There you go, Joey. There you go, Joey. That's my answer, Joey. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. While you were talking, it reminded me of a couple possible missed opportunities that you had to become the next rock or the original rock on some movie rolls.
I was there for one of the offers. And if I'm not mistaken, I could be wrong, but wasn't you the head that they first were going to pick to play Dolph Lundgren? Rocky, Rocky, Rocky.
Speaking of the rock, you're so so somewhat right. So Dolph Lundgren landed the role of Ivan Drago on Rocky four. And for those who maybe are not familiar with the story, it came down to, I guess my understanding, they had about twelve hundred people that that they were considering.
They boiled it down to three. One guy by the name of Kerry Von Erich. Some some of the wrestling fans may know that name. Nikita Koloff and in an unknown at the time, Dolph Lundgren, who is at that time in the early days of MMA, the hand to hand combat and had never been in a movie before, but was out there. The three of us were out on the set with Sylvester Stallone out in Hollywood.
And and I do the short stick as short straw and had a screen test first. And then Lundgren followed me and then I had to leave for the airport. So never heard his his final screen testing and didn't hear Kerry Von Erich's, but found out a couple weeks later when the producers directors called me and said they were going to give it to Dolph Lundgren, although he was slightly taller than me. You know, I was 285, 8 percent body fat, 34 inch waist. So I dwarfed, truly dwarfed Sylvester Stallone.
Sly, don't take that personal. He was ripped at 165 pounds. I was 285 and Lundgren was only 205.
And so he landed. I can't. Greg, I came to find this out later from the wonderful, amazing wrestling fans only just a couple of three years ago that they used. They used, of course, Ivan Drago. And they used the manager in the movie for Ivan was a guy by the name of Nikolai Koloff.
OK, hello. Gee, gee, Sylvester, where did you get that name? So Ivan Drago, Nikolai Koloff.
And they squeezed Ivan and I out of the whole movie. So there you go. Yeah. Thanks, Sylvester. No compensation for that, by the way.
I'm still waiting for the check in the mail. Hello. But all true, all true, all true. When the fan told me that, I googled that, I went, you're kidding me.
And I'm like, sure enough. There was Nikolai Koloff, the manager for Ivan Drago in Rocky 4. So but hey, I didn't land the role, but it was a great experience. And then they asked you to do the role in that movie, The Kingdom with.
It's the Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner and the role. You were going to be a bad guy. Yeah. And when I saw the movie, I thought, you know, I don't know if Kita would have liked this or not. You would be you would have been beaten up. Jennifer Garner rowing across the room. Yeah.
Thank you, Jesus. Apparently not meant to be a giant. Yeah, I would. But it would have been the again, the cast of the Russian nightmare role, the baddest of the bad guys. Right. Beating up a woman. Right. So, yeah. Yeah.
That doesn't fly to in today's world. But anyway, it was the movies, folks. It was the movies. So, yeah. So, yeah, because you had a lot of connections with with with the movies as well. In fact, I remember you brought us a couple of my girls out on on a movie.
Yeah. What movie set that was that real quick? What was that movie? Yeah, it was called The Kingdom.
The Kingdom. That's right. You guys were there for a big explosion. Yeah.
And we took a lot of pictures of Kendra with these bloodied up people missing limbs. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.
That was that would have definitely fit fit well back in my Russian nightmare days. But yeah. All right.
All right. So you got another question for me or what do you got? You know, you'd mentioned to me about a man up conference that you have coming up. And I was wondering, you know, if I were to tender any of my friends or whoever tends, what would you expect?
What would that entail? So I appreciate that. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So we move from from from Hollywood to to reality. OK.
So from fantasy, we're going to segue to reality here. OK. So, yes. So the man up conferences, which which I'll do and I'll do about I do about 15 to 20 of these a year. Let me just first say that I do about 15 or 20 of these conferences a year, usually in local communities, local churches, sometimes several churches working together, which that's a challenge sometimes to get local churches working together. Hello, the body of Christ walk in unity. Come on.
For real. Again, I say that really because like the last two great the last two churches I did this at like like this is sad commentary. The last church notified 25 other churches the weekend before up in Delaware. They notified 30 different churches. If you were to ask me how many responded, I tell you a big fat goose egg. Zero.
Not a book. Sad commentary for the body of Christ. Just if you're a pastor out there listening, work with other pastors. Come on. We're worse. Aren't we on the same team working for the same goal?
We're all working towards the cross. Come on. Yeah. All right. Let me get to answer your question.
Get off my soapbox here. All right. So. So, yeah, the man and men of all ages, by the way, I mean, we've had men bring their sons.
I mean, eight years old, 10 years old, 12 years old, because they're not going to hear anything at a man up conference that they honestly hadn't already heard in school or somewhere else. So. So we encourage men to bring their sons and to be around other godly men and to hear some, you know, incredible.
What I feel is incredible teaching. And so. So you're going to come and you're going to our goal. Greg, if I were to distill it down, our goal is to equip men for all the ladies out there listening today. Our goal is to equip men when you come to a conference or a camp, a man camp. I'll talk just a minute about that is to equip equipment to be godly men, godly husbands and godly fathers to walk in. That's that that that leadership role, you know, speed, the spiritual leader of the home to to to lead by example, not by as a dictator, but by servanthood.
And to lead by example for your children and your and your wife. And just to equip empowerment, empower men to do that through the teaching and training, how to be healthy, physically healthy, mentally healthy, emotionally healthy, spiritually healthy. We cover all of that masculinity, manhood, how to love your wife and children. Well, and so if you're out there listening, you know, you can find out more about about that.
Go to Koloff.net and find out more about that. And Greg, the conference is an appetizer. Here's what I mean by that. That feeds into a camp that Lex Luger and I, one of my wrestling peers, founded a number of years ago called Man Camp.
We do these in a little town called Royston, Georgia. And it's a five day catalyst where men come and who want to take a much deeper dive into all of this. And I can tell you, for sake of time today, there's you go on to my website, click on the link to the to the Man Camp. You're going to see some powerful testimonies on how the camp and or conferences has changed not only men's lives, but changed marriages, relationships with men, with their children. And it's powerful. It's powerful. So many men have come back, Greg, and just said that was life changing.
That was life changing. So I'm back. Yep.
So. So, yeah, I hope I hope to see all you listening out there. Maybe see one of you in the future on on at a man camp or a man conference. So great question.
Great question. We have time for one more. If you have one more or we can wrap it up. Greg, your call.
Yeah, I don't. That's all that comes to mind on. OK, well, Greg Herbert, entrepreneur extraordinaire is how I like to introduce him. Greg and Vivian Herbert, precious, precious friends of ours and hold down the great state of Ohio there. And if I don't see you there and or see you at a conference here, a man up conference, perhaps we'll reconnect down there in the Grand Canyon State.
Yeah, looking forward to it. All right, Greg. Well, thanks for being a part of the show. Thanks for dialing in today and tune in again for another time.
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